LGA responds to interim advice on how most vulnerable could be offered COVID-19 booster vaccine this autumn

“Any decision on offering a booster jab later this year, to protect our most vulnerable from variants and flu ahead of winter, will be supported by councils and their directors of public health in our collective national effort to end the pandemic."


A close up of a gloved hand holding a corona vaccine vial against a yellow background

Responding to a government announcement that millions of people most vulnerable to COVID-19 may be offered a booster vaccination from September, following interim advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), Cllr David Fothergill, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: 

“Protecting our most vulnerable has been councils’ number one priority throughout the pandemic and it is important that measures to maintain this protection are in place as we head into autumn and winter.

“Councils continue to work shoulder-to-shoulder with our NHS colleagues on the continued successful rollout of the vaccination programme, using their unrivalled local knowledge and connections with their communities to encourage as many people as possible to get themselves vaccinated.

“Any decision on offering a booster jab later this year, to protect our most vulnerable from variants and flu ahead of winter, will be supported by councils and their directors of public health in our collective national effort to end the pandemic."